How to get rid of the backyard rats without getting rid of the squirrels?
October 16, 2010 7:15 AM Subscribe
Is there a way to eliminate rats from our back yard without eliminating squirrels?
posted by feelinggood to home & garden (18 answers total)
For 10 years we've had a bird feeder in our yard and it's attracted squirrels, but we got an anti-squirrel bird feeder. We love the squirrels (they're cute and fun to watch), but we don't want them getting the bird seed. We feed them hazel nuts.
All of a sudden we have rats as well. They can't get the bird seed either, but we don't think they're cute and fun to watch.
Is there a way we could eliminate the rats without eliminating the squirrels?
This is not a rats-in-the-house problem -- strictly (so far), in the back yard.
I don't want this turn into a squirrel vs rat competition: I know they're both rodents, We should like them, etc., etc. We just happen not to like rats and we want them out. We also want to go on feeding the birds and occasionally the squirrels.
I'm thinking of live-trapping everything, and selectively releasing the squirrels on our property, and the rats to wherever rats go. I'm very tempted by the BB gun solution, but really, really don't want to go there, so that's off the table.